December 12, 2008
With the holiday season in full swing, wouldn't it be nice to get all your gift shopping done and do good at the same time?
For the person on your list who seems to have everything, why not consider giving an ACE Gift Membership?
We'll send a welcome card that shares your gift, ACE swag and an introduction to environmental justice work.
Your recipient will also receive our monthly (occasionally semi-monthly) newsletter to keep in the loop on upcoming events and campaigns.
What could be better than that?
For a $15 donation, your friend, family member or colleague will receive a Welcome Card, an ACE Membership Card and an Annual Report Booklet. A $40 donation will add in a T Riders Union (TRU) T-shirt, featuring our signature transit justice program. A $75 donation includes all of above, plus our 20-minute video that showcases the people and stories behind our work. Read more...
December 5, 2008
Did you know that asthma is more prevalent in New England then anywhere else in the country? Or that African Americans who were born in the U.S. are three times more likely to develop asthma then African Americans born outside the country?
A 2005 study of asthma rates in Dorchester published in the Journal of Asthma last month discovered these statistics and showed a strong correlation between asthma and environmental factors in children. This shows what we have long known, that the disproportionate share of environmental burdens in neighborhoods of color like Dorchester and Roxbury adversely affect the well-being of residents. ACE Board Member Neal-Dra Osgood worked on this groundbreaking research, surveying Dorchester residents to compile asthma information. Read more...
December 2, 2008
The Energy Empowerment Coalition met on November 25 at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall to rouse community support for more programs to address the Commonwealth’s energy needs this winter and in the future. Speakers included Senator John Kerry, Reverend Hurmon Hamilton of the Black Ministerial Alliance and Marina Spitkovskaya of ACE
Formed by a growing number of individuals, public officials and organizations dissatisfied with the Commonwealth’s Winter Energy Cost Task Force report released last month, the new coalition wants the state to take a more aggressive and collaborative approach to the looming fuel crisis outlined in the report. Read more...
November 24, 2008
It concerns us greatly that Governor Patrick has announced drastic cuts in the Office of Technical Assistance (OTA), the program in the Energy and Environmental Affairs office that helps industries reduce and eliminate their use of toxic chemicals and processes. The proposed cuts to OTA are so severe that they will prevent OTA from functioning effectively. We urge Governor Patrick to re-think those cuts.
A study performed two years ago found that OTA helped industries reduce the use of toxic chemicals in Massachusetts by hundreds of millions of pounds. The study showed that companies did far better at reducing their toxics after being helped by OTA than they did before working with OTA. It was the first time an assistance program like OTA proved its effectiveness, and the report was applauded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and written up in environmental journals.
People living and working near industries assisted by OTA, as well as the workers in those industries, are the biggest beneficiaries of the reduced use of toxic chemicals. When less toxic chemicals are used, there are lower risks involved in their transportation, storage, use, and disposal. This results in less air pollution, water pollution, hazardous waste and fewer toxins in our products. Read more...
November 18, 2008
The Globe's Green Blog recently highlighted a study touting the health benefits of community green space.
The study suggested that parks, trees, and landscaped areas in a neighborhood can help reduce residents' risk of heart attack and stroke.
Even the tiniest green spaces can be powerful tools in confronting public health problems. As one of the doctors who conducted the study put it, "This study offers valuable evidence that green space does more than 'pretty up' the neighborhood - it appears to have real effects on health inequality, of a kind that politicians and health authorities should take seriously."
ACE has understood and advocated for the benefits of green spaces for a long time. Green spaces, in the form of parks, urban farms, and trees on local streets, can reduce localized pollution and encourage recreation. Read more...
November 14, 2008
A warm thank you to everyone who came out and made ACE's Annual Meeting a blast this year. It was great to see so many members and supporters and be able to share this work for environmental justice - we wouldn't be able to do it without you.
Much appreciation also goes to our volunteers, members and interns who helped set things up and made the event run smoothly all night. Enjoy the pictures!
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November 13, 2008
Tonight, ACE's own Carlos Moreno will receive the prestigious National Conservation Achievement Award, also known as the "Connie Award," in Washington D.C.
For the past 43 years the National Wildlife Federation has held the Connie Awards as a commemoration to "individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting wildlife through education, advocacy, and on–the–ground conservation."
Carlos has been chosen in the Youth award category for his extensive environmental justice work and organizing that has raised $1.75 million for the development of youth jobs and programming in Boston.
"Carlos is a remarkable young man and his leadership at ACE has inspired both youth and adults. We are very proud of him," said Jodi Sugerman-Brozan, Program Director at ACE. Read more...
November 11, 2008
You’re invited to ACE's Annual Meeting tomorrow!
Each fall members, staff, supporters and youth come together to celebrate the achievements of the past year and decide on the environmental justice work for the next year. Attendees will enjoy a great dinner, learn more about our programs and campaigns and get to meet other people involved in this work. Read more...
November 10, 2008
Penn has been at ACE since 1996 and has provided us with strong visioning and guidance in his most recent role as Executive Director. He currently also teaches at Tufts University and can be spotted biking all over the city. Penn is an asset to ACE as well as the environmental justice movement, and we know he'll continue to make great contributions to this work.
The award was presented by Charles Lee, Director of the Office of Environmental Justice. Charles has been a leader in the environmental justice movement for a number of years and continues to push for fair regulation and development within communities. Read more...
November 6, 2008
Check out these videos of young environmental justice organizers created by the 1000 Voice Archive and the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative. The videos feature four young organizers explaining how they realized their calling to fight for environmental justice. This project is part of the 1000 Voices Archive, a "national collection of video stories created by filmmakers and communities across the country" that is being used to "encourage community conversations."
The short videos introduce Kari, Tony, Nia and Lllai, four youth activists who are engaging their communities in the green movement while also advocating for EJ issues. Read more...